The four agencies will target Thai gangs threatening tourists visiting the resort island including those at the airport and 15 foreign gangs run by Russian, Chinese, Koreans and other nationals on the watch list of the DSI and Tourism and Sports Ministry.
They operate at the airport, hotels and some beaches including Patong, Kata and Karon.
Pattaya, another tourism magnet, will be another location for the establishment of a mafia-fighting centre, the DSI said in a press release.
The plan followed a trip to Phuket by Somsak Pureesrisak and DSI chief Tarit Pengdith on July 25 to identify problems with Phuket authorities after complaints by foreign visitors travelling to the southern province.
It also came after the European Union and its ambassadors issued a tough statement in June demanding Thailand to get serious about cracking down on problems faced by tourists from Europe visiting Phuket. The bloc has threatened to issue a public warning to tourists if Thailand failed to tackle scams including those involving taxis from the airport, tuk-tuks, jet skis and motorbikes.
Yesss now we fight back.
It is time EU and USA demand action on this. All scammers now it is time to get paid in full back.
For now i tell all that visit Thailand to not use tuk tuk, jet skis or motorbikes.
Why because all are from one place. (North East Thailand)
And that tells everything.I know i am a bad guy for saying that.
But all scam i have seen come from this place.
April 5th--LOCAL UNEDUCATED TUK TUK MAFIA THUG SPOKESPERSON SAYS " WE WILL BLOCK THE ROADS IF THE NEW BUS SERVICE OPERATES"
PHUKET TAXI AND TUK TUK MAFIA THREATEN VIOLENCE IF PUBLIC BUSES ARE PUT IN SERVICE – For nearly two decades influential and powerful figures, who no one will name, has controlled how tourists and locals get about on the island of Phuket.
Throughout the years Tuk Tuk and Taxi drivers, protected under so-called ‘associations’ have been allow to run a monopoly on public transport that has often resulted in road blockades and even extreme violence.
Phuket Opinion: Time to take on the tuk-tuks